No Draxler, no Kroos, but five players from five different countries.
English Premier League clubs are said to be interested in purchasing Julian Draxler and Toni Kroos, but when it comes to goals, there are strikers capable of making even more of an impact.
Draxler has managed to score once and given five assists in 16 season appearances, whereas Kroos has achieved only one goal and four assists in 21 Bundesliga matches. Not too formidable for the two attacking midfielders. Who really are the most valuable players of this season so far?
5. Thomas Müller (10 goals, 7 assists)
Once again this Bayern all-rounder is conjuring a very solid season. No matter who’s the coach and which new players came, Muller always scores. He might not have the most brilliant technique, but when it comes to effectiveness then he has to be one of the best in his category. Both Bayern and Germany are dependent on his decisive goals, like the second in the Champions League match against Arsenal.
4. Roberto Firmino (12 goals, 7 assists)
This Hoffenheim midfielder is probably one of the most underrated Bundesliga players, a regular goalscorer from midfield. It’s hard to believe that he still plays in Hoffenheim when he would probably would be a strong asset to most of the Premier League teams. Hoffenheim is just 160km away from Freiburg, so the next time Moyes is there to watch Ginter play, it might just be worth to make a stop in the Kreichgau region. Liverpool are the mosr recently linked club to his signature. Another advantage is that he won’t return tired from the World Cup as the Brazilian coach Scolari doesn’t seem to have him on the radar.
3. Mario Mandzukic (14 goals, 5 assists)
Nobody had expected him to score that regularly when he came from Wolfsburg to Bayern two years ago. He is the kind of striker you want to have when you urgently need a goal. The attacking area seems to be his living room, as he always knows where to stand. His anticipation is brilliant and it will be a very interesting question to see who will get more play time for Bayern next season, Mandzukic or Lewandowski. Before then he will play with the Croatian national team against his Brazilian team mates Dante and Rafinha at the World Cup.
2. Adrian Ramos (14 goals, 6 assists)
This 28-year-old Colombian will have big shoes to fill in the near future. First of all fans in Colombia are hoping that he can maintain his brilliant Bundesliga shape for the World Cup where he will probably have to replace the injured Colombian superstar Falcao. Next season the pressure won’t be smaller as he most likely will go to Dortmund as replacement for Lewandowski. He has the skills and aerial ability to meet all the expectations if he keeps playing more steadily at such a high level.
1. Robert Lewandowski (15 goals, 9 assists)
There are rumours that defenders from Real Madrid still has nightmares because of Lewandowski and the four goals he netted against Ronaldo’s team in the last year's Champions League semi-final. He will move to Bayern Munich after this season and they will probably get one of the world’s best strikers at the moment. One has the impression that he still gets better every season and it’s especially impressive how he has handled the pressure after his transfer to Bayern became public. He just continued scoring as always.
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